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City Hall’s audit exposes 2,260 fake workers in payroll

Nairobi City County workers protest outside Nation Centre as their strike over salary increment entered the second day yesterday. A payroll audit has revealed the existence of ghost workers. Photo/Salaton Njau
Nairobi City County workers protest outside Nation Centre as their strike over salary increment entered the second day yesterday. A payroll audit has revealed the existence of ghost workers. Photo/Salaton Njau 

The Nairobi County government is losing more than Sh100 million every month in salaries paid to more than 2,000 ghost workers, an audit of City Hall’s payroll has revealed.

A workers’ headcount in August found that the county government inherited 2,260 fake employees from its predecessor the Nairobi City Council — adding to the burden of a huge wage bill that is at the centre of a workers strike since Monday.   

A large segment of the ghost workers is made of serving employees who have conspired with human resource and accounts department officials to earn multiple salaries through multiple entries in the payroll.

The audit found that some workers appear on the payroll up to five times using the same names but different identity card numbers.

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